Marconi Lifetime Achievement Award

The Marconi Society Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes late-career, living individuals with an established history of distinguished professional work who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions and positive impact to the field of communications and to the development of the careers of others.

Thomas Kailath
2017

Professor Thomas Kailath received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 for his many transformative contributions to information and system science and his sustained mentoring and development of new generations of scientists. It is an acknowledgement of the wide range of his contributions over six decades to the fields of information theory, communications, filtering theory, linear systems and control, signal processing, semiconductor manufacturing, probability and statistics, linear algebra, matrix and operator theory. He also fostered a rigorous intellectual research culture at Stanford, where he guided a stellar array of over a hundred doctoral and postdoctoral scholars, many of whom have gone on to become leaders in academia and in industry.

Kailath remains active with his research and writing activities.

President Obama Presents the National Medal of Science to Dr. Kailath.

Robert W. Galvin

Robert W. Galvin
2011

Robert W. (Bob) Galvin received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his visionary business leadership and support of the emerging United States cellular telephone and semiconductor industries, and for his early contributions to the Marconi Society.

Mr. Galvin died in 2011.

Amos E. Joel, Jr.

Amos E. Joel, Jr.
2009

Amos E. Joel, Jr. received a posthumous Marconi Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the field of switching. After spending a 43 year distinguished career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Joel retired in 1983, continuing to serve as a consultant and worldwide authority on telecommunications switching to AT&T and other companies. In May, 2008, Joel was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his patent on the Mobile Communication System. This basic 1972 patent on cellular switching pioneered the most rapidly growing segment of the telecommunications industry. His invention allows for convenient cell phone usage, making them a ubiquitous part of today’s society.

Dr. Joel died in 2008.

Gordon E. Moore

Gordon E. Moore
2005

Gordon E. Moore received the Marconi Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as a co-founder of Intel Corporation, where he spearheaded decades of technological research and developments that made the company a leader in semiconductor manufacturing and technology.

Moore is best known for his 1965 “Moore’s Law” prediction which stated that the number of transistors the industry would be able to place on an integrated circuit would double every year. Moore’s Law has, over the years, paved the way for the exponential increases in computing power at proportionately decreasing costs, helping to bring the cost of computers within reach of millions of new users each year.

William O. Baker

William O. Baker
2003

Dr. William O. Baker received the Marconi Lifetime Achievement Award for his role as president of Bell Labs and as a widely recognized champion of communications research and development. Under his leadership Bell Labs forged the model for the modern industrial research laboratory.

Dr. Baker died in 2005.

Claude Elwood Shannon

Claude Elwood Shannon
2000

Dr. Claude Elwood Shannon received the Marconi Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions in information theory. His concepts underlie the information society in which we live and still are instrumental in fields as varied as computer science, genetics, linguistics and neuroanatomy.

Dr. Shannon died in 2001.